Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Razer Mako 2.1

Pros Wide, distortion-free sound. Stylish design
Cons Expensive. Lacking in bass punch

On the scale of sophistication most PC speaker systems are a boom-boxed Fiesta compared to the Sydney Opera houses of the hi-fi world. Even the few really good 5.1 kits out there are hampered by game effects that lurch from speaker to speaker, a lack of support for Dolby Digital and the fact that few PCs are in rooms appropriate for surround sound set-ups.

But Razer’s new Mako kit is promising to finally provide solace for audiophiles. It’s based on two new technologies from the sound supremos at THX – namely Ground Plane and Slot Speaker – which gives each satellite two downward facing, separately amplified drivers that bounce omnidirectional sound waves off the desktop with a force of 100W RMS per channel. If that’s not enough, there’s another 100W from the sub for good measure.

Best in class sound
The results are remarkable. Combined with a decent soundcard these will fill the room as well as, if not better than, most 5.1 kits.

It’s not just about that Spector-style wall of sound – the DSP circuitry does a phenomenal job, too. Tonal quality is crystal clear and sharper than Death’s own scythe. Although the quoted range of 40-1800Hz is lower than many cheaper sets, in reality you’ll hear sounds in the more delicate fidelities that lesser speakers muffle out.

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